Vesuvio Cafe

Dive Bar
255 Columbus Ave (btwn Broadway and Pacific), San Francisco, CA 94133, United States
Hours:
Open until 2:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 6:00 AM–2:00 AM
Price:
$ $ $ $
Menus:
Happy Hour
Drinks:
Beer, Wine, Full Bar
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Wi-Fi:
Yes
8.9/10

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  • cozy
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  • Eric B.

    Great antiquated vintage atmosphere, good drinks.

    Eric Bell · April 6
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  • Elena B.

    Drinks are nothing special, but the atmosphere is very unique. Great for reading and having a drink solo in the afternoon, before it gets busy.

    Elena Baseotto · March 24
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  • Lily K.

    Casual bar to hang out

    Lily Kwong · March 4
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  • Andrea R.

    Grab a book next door at City Lights and read (and drink) yourself silly.

    Andrea Reyna · February 27
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  • Fai V.

    Bring a book and some lunch and sit upstairs to people watch.

    Fai Visuthicho · February 26
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  • Joseph T.

    Joanna is awesone. Loved the Sazerac cocktail!

    Joseph Tinner · February 3
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  • Solario

    Bring your own lunch.

    Solario · January 24
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  • Brian L.

    Cozy balcony for drinks and conversation with friends.

    Brian Longtin · November 22, 2014
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  • nils j.

    Really neat place to sit and watch the tourists go by. Table service is something you don't usually see at a dive. Cool decorations, like an authentic version of what TGI Fridays wants to be.

    nils janson · November 16, 2014
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  • Thomas D.

    Quite cheap pitcher during happy hour

    Thomas Duchamp · November 16, 2014
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  • Alyssa B.

    Cool vibe and history here, pretty reasonable drinks too

    Alyssa Bereznak · September 19, 2014
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  • Michelle O.

    Atmosphere is always great here. Crowded yet cozy place to get away from the tourist traps of North Beach and enjoy a beer.

    Michelle O'Riordan · September 14, 2014
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  • Michael O.

    Grab yourself a Kerouac. Just make sure your pants are on tight. It's a strong one.

    Michael Ottavi-Brannon · August 17, 2014
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  • Lindsay E.

    Jack Kerouac's old hangout and right next to City Lights. In the center of the Barbary Coast and SF's. Definitely feels old school and doesn't feel touristy.

    Lindsay Eyink · August 14, 2014
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  • Jay S.

    Get the recession special

    Jay Sublett · August 8, 2014
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  • Steve K.

    Beer and cool tables!

    Steve K · August 6, 2014
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  • Andrew R.

    Very cool place. Came on a busy night and had bad service.

    Andrew Rauh · August 6, 2014
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  • Farid H.

    learn more about vesuvio's history through this audio clip http://bit.ly/lamp_vesuvio

    Farid Hosseini · July 31, 2014
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  • Steven P.

    Try the famous Bohemian Coffee.

    Steven Peterson · April 10, 2014
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  • Stephanie T.

    Get the special - bourbon with a beer.

    Stephanie Thai · March 7, 2014
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  • Josef R.

    Hmm not convinced. Feels a bit "cheap", drinks below average. Pilsner Urquell on tap though.

    Josef Richter · February 10, 2014
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  • Jesse L.

    Great atmosphere, good music and at a good price

    Jesse L · February 1, 2014
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  • Daria T.

    Probably the best place I've been in Frisco. And it feels sooo beat, if you know what I mean :) come here and enjoy ginger beer and dark rum in one cocktail!

    Daria Tomilova · November 19, 2013
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  • Heather T.

    Drink where Kerouac drank. Teetotallers welcome too: decent selection of tea, plus espresso drinks.

    Heather Terrell · November 18, 2013
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  • Seth B.

    Where Jack Kerouac drank.

    Seth Benson · September 26, 2013
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  • Jessica R.

    Old Beatnick hangout next to City Lights Bookstore in North Beach. Have a drink where Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and Neal Cassidy used to spend their evenings.

    Jessica Rae · September 3, 2013
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  • Contemporary Jewish Museum

    Beatnik watering hole.

    Contemporary Jewish Museum · August 13, 2013
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  • Pablo S.

    Grab a table on the 2ND floor by the window

    Pablo Solando · August 2, 2013
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  • Cassie P.

    You can really sense the history walking into the bar. I would recommend sitting upstairs and hang out. Cool view of the entire restaurant.

    Cassie P · July 17, 2013
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  • Yelena S.

    Our server was very much in a harry and did not help to chose a cocktail. Look it up in advance.

    Yelena Szatmary · July 16, 2013
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  • Alec

    Worst waitress on earth.

    Alec · July 5, 2013
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  • Pamela G.

    Grab a Dark&Stormy (rum&ginger beer- quite refreshing!) and grab a seat upstairs by the window for prime people watching on Columbus! Also, this place doesn't serve food but you CAN bring your own in!

    Pamela Gocobachi · May 29, 2013
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  • Carla E.

    Sit at the bar - great bartenders.

    Carla Elizabeth · May 27, 2013
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  • Jennifer M.

    Grab a table upstairs for a nice view of the bar and the streets below and enjoy a yummy Hendrick's Gin and tonic.

    Jennifer Minor · May 5, 2013
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  • Debbie M.

    No cappuccino's after 2pm 8-(

    Debbie McMenemy · May 5, 2013
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  • Jess M.

    Best gimlet I have ever had.

    Jess Mullen · April 21, 2013
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  • Official smart USA

    Stop by a café that helped launch a generation. The beat generation.

    Official smart USA · April 11, 2013
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  • Tammy H.

    David is THE bartender you want to befriend :)

    Tammy Han · April 5, 2013
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  • Megan B.

    Grab an espresso, a classic beat read and people watch from the second floor of one of Jack Kerouac's old haunts.

    Megan Bannister · March 20, 2013
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  • Elizabeth K.

    Aesthetically fantastic

    Elizabeth Kinsman · March 12, 2013
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  • BeersandBeans

    Try the Jack Keroac - The Jack Keroac special drink. Very tasty and a great vibe at this place! #bar #drinks

    BeersandBeans · March 9, 2013
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  • Seema M.

    Grab a table upstairs. Great views of busy North Beach tourist traffic and pervert men going into nudie bars.

    Seema Maloni · March 3, 2013
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  • Amanda S.

    Great spot with an awesome beer selection. Second floor is perfect for small groups or date night!

    Amanda Scheerbaum · February 28, 2013
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  • kim m.

    Best bartenders and most interesting crowd (in a good way)

    kim milosevich · February 16, 2013
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  • Shannyn D.

    Dark and stormy from John Deer

    Shannyn De Arman · February 10, 2013
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  • Rohini J.

    Must do if you're in SF. Get the "Jack Kerouac" and their Anchor Steam IPA.

    Rohini Jalan · January 21, 2013
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  • James B.

    The cocktails suck

    James Barg · January 15, 2013
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  • Thom B.

    The seat in the upstairs back corner overlooking Columbus is one of the best views in all SF

    Thom Butler · November 21, 2012
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  • Jenn K.

    Love this place for its cheap Happy Hour pitchers and laid-back vibe.

    Jenn K. · November 7, 2012
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  • Massine A.

    This bar lacks of topless girls! One of the best bars in the area!

    Massine Amri · September 7, 2012
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